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Long Beach, CA hard rockers, Sunflower Dead, recently announced their tour with headliners Powerman 5000 and (Hed) PE. The tour visits 27 U.S. cities throughout the month of August, coming to a close in Grand Rapids, MI on August 30th. The tour also features a stop at DirtFest in Birch Run, MI on August 9th. In episode 1 of our exclusive tour journal with lead singer Michael Del Pizzo, the front man hits us on August 13th from Rochester, NY at the haunted venue, Main Street Armoury.

As far as Metal music goes 2012 was one of the most interesting years in a long time. Masterful albums such as Sigh’s In Somniphobia, Ihsahn’s Eremita, Enslaved’s Riitiir, Katatonia’s Dead End Kings, among many others, kept the quality and innovative spirit on the genre at supremely high levels. Cover artworks were also a big thing. They went from being epic (Testament), to nightmarish (Sigh), and even to minimalist (Ihsahn). Most importantly though, they helped to enhance the music and general aura of each album while introducing fans to new worlds where the power of imagination seems not to have limits. Through 2012 PureGrainAudio interviewed some of the designers and musicians involved with the creation of some of these amazing cover artworks and what we learned was, as with the music itself, totally fascinating!

Everyone, metal musicians included (unless of course you are Devin Townsend), has a favorite album cover. At some point in their lives, these musicians have fallen in love with a particular cover art that has long-since resonated with them and in some cases, even influenced their very own musical careers. Bearing this in mind, we asked a handful of metal’s leading musicians one simple question: “What’s your all-time favorite Rock/Metal album artwork and why?” Well, most of the responses were very detailed and enthusiastic, yet for some this proved to be a difficult subject. Let’s see who they were and what they said….

Filmed in Montreal, QC on August 11, 2012, current Foreigner and Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy plus Canadian singer and rock icon Sass Jordan, sat down with PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon to discuss their new rock project Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.). Check out this hot new band and what they had to say about how they came to work together. Part 1 of 2.

10 am, Queen Street West, Distort Entertainment Office. It’s a Thursday morning and as you’re about to find out, Spencer Matulaitis is usually not awake at this time. Although Spenny doesn’t usually wake up before noon he managed to make it to downtown Toronto to talk with lead singer Liam Cormier and drummer Mike Peters of the Cancer Bats about the new album…

Callahan is a band from Vancouver, B.C with an energetic sound and a live show to match. They have just made an online release of their first self-titled LP, produced by Julius Butty (Alexisonfire, Protest The Hero) which just kicks so much ass, and will have you coming back for more. I got the pleasure of interviewing these fine gentlemen on December 15th when they played a show in the gymnasium of an elementry school in Gatineau, Quebec. A bizarre venue, but that did not distract the buys from playing incredibly, with perfect live renditions of their songs. These guys are hilarious as well; they changed a billborad in the schools hallway to read U R my Taco I eet u! Well i hope you enjoy the interview and make sure to check out their MySpace and go see them live!